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April 16, 2013 6:14:14 AM

Ok so I'm researching parts for a pc I'm hoping to build ( ps please check out motherboard crisis )
And I'm unsure on what to get . I definitely do not want to spend more than the piece of a Titan on : www.pccasegear.com.au
And I'm Aussie btw
So basically I'm confused as :/ 
Going to run it on a single 27 inch 1080P monitor.
Any ideas ?
Hoping to run Games on ultra at really nice frame rates.

Pc Specs ( Not final )

CPU : i7-3930K

MOBO: ASRock EXTREME6 X-79 Motherboard

GPU: ???

RAM ( MEMORY ) : GSKILL RIPJAWZ 32GB DDR3 MEMORY ( Im going to be doing lots of video editing and rendering and stuff )

HDD : SEAGATE BARRACUDE 4TB

SSD :(  BOOT DRIVE ) 128GB SAMSUNG 840 SERIES SSD

CASE : OBSIDIAN 650D

PSU : ( SEE MY OTHER POST ON MOTHERBOARD PSU PROBLEM ( I DON'T KNOW WHAT TYPE OF PSU TO USE ( PLEASE TELL ME IF YOU KNOW THANKS :)  )))

COOLING SYSTEM : CORSAIR H100i
Self - contained water cooling system

So yeah .
Please help. Thanks :) 
Also this is my first attempt at build a pc from scratch so please give me some guidance
All stuff will be bought from : www.pccasegear.com.au

More about : gtx 690 titan 680 4gb

April 16, 2013 6:25:33 AM

GTX titan is currently the reigning monarch of graphics cards. If you want to spend the money on it, it is the best single card you can get. As far as I know, two 680's in SLI will beat it in a number of situations however, and may be slightly cheaper.
I would still go with the titan however, as simpler is usually better, and if you are really that rich you can always upgrade it into an SLI setup with multiple titans in the future!
It also seems to me that either of those setups are cracking an egg with a sledgehammer at a resolution of 1080p. If you are building such a machine, get a 2560 x 1600 resolution monitor or something.

One comment on the build however. You say "Samsung 840 series SSD". I sincerely hope you mean "Samsung 840 PRO series SSD", as spending 1200$ on a graphics card and trying to save 40$ on the boot drive is just poor economics in my opinion. If I were building with this sort of budget, I would probbably also get at least a 256GB samsung 840 PRO so that there was more room for software on it (modern games can get large).
April 16, 2013 6:32:31 AM

bluejayek said:
GTX titan is currently the reigning monarch of graphics cards. If you want to spend the money on it, it is the best single card you can get. As far as I know, two 680's in SLI will beat it in a number of situations however, and may be slightly cheaper.

One comment on the build however. You say "Samsung 840 series SSD". I sincerely hope you mean "Samsung 840 PRO series SSD", as spending 1200$ on a graphics card and trying to save 40$ on the boot drive is just poor economics in my opinion. If I were building with this sort of budget, I would probbably also get at least a 256GB samsung 840 PRO so that there was more room for software on it (modern games can get large).


Thanks man . Ill upgrade to. A 256 GB SSD and yeah it's the pro series don't worry .
At the moment I'm reading that a 690 is a good solution but 2 2GB 680's will be a bit cheaper. But if I spend and extra 200 dollars then I can sli 2 4GB 680's , which seems good. Your opinion ?
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April 16, 2013 6:34:42 AM


I would still go with the titan however, as simpler is usually better, and if you are really that rich you can always upgrade it into an SLI setup with multiple titans in the future!
It also seems to me that either of those setups are cracking an egg with a sledgehammer at a resolution of 1080p. If you are building such a machine, get a 2560 x 1600 resolution monitor or something.

(sorry, updated the post apparently after you read it :)  )
April 16, 2013 6:35:06 AM

Though I'm trying to stick to a budget of about . 3k . Maybe 3.4 absolutely maximum
So ill stick with a 128 GB SSD Samsung 840 series pro for my boot drive and use the 4TB for other stuff. I might go ahead and get a another 256 SSD For games though .
April 16, 2013 6:47:34 AM

Ok .
It's. single monitor setup . Maybe 30inches if I can. It's gonna a 120HZ
Monitor.
Suggestion now ?
April 16, 2013 6:49:42 AM

I'm not entirely sure how buying two SSD's instead of one is supposed to save money, but whatever floats your boat! 128GB will certainly be more then enough if all you want on there is your operating system.

Larger SSD's do tend to benchmark slightly faster then smaller ones, although in reality the difference between different high end SSD's is so small you will be hard pressed to detect it in normal use.

Good luck!
April 16, 2013 6:52:47 AM

bluejayek said:
I'm not entirely sure how buying two SSD's instead of one is supposed to save money, but whatever floats your boat! 128GB will certainly be more then enough if all you want on there is your operating system.

Larger SSD's do tend to benchmark slightly faster then smaller ones, although in reality the difference between different high end SSD's is so small you will be hard pressed to detect it in normal use.

Good luck!

I think I'll stick with a single 128GB SSD for a boot drive
But as for the GPU
Whats do you think ?
Still steer towards Titan on this setup ?
Single monitor 120hz min (27-30 inches)
April 16, 2013 6:54:19 AM

I would get the titan if I were building this setup today.

I have not done enough research to offer any valuable opinions on monitor choice however, so I will leave that to others.
April 16, 2013 6:56:48 AM

If its just for gaming, I would change the CPU for a 3770k and get the GTX Titan. Easily the best GPU out there at the moment, by a long way. It competes with dual GPU cards.

Also think about changing the SSD for a 250Gb version, so you can fit more games on there and enjoy the fast loading times.
April 16, 2013 7:02:44 AM

RobCrezz said:
If its just for gaming, I would change the CPU for a 3770k and get the GTX Titan. Easily the best GPU out there at the moment, by a long way. It competes with dual GPU cards.

Also think about changing the SSD for a 250Gb version, so you can fit more games on there and enjoy the fast loading times.


If I were to change the CPU To a 3770K I would have to change to a z77 mobo where I would lose some of the benefits of a x79 platform . Where I might be able to use the rumored ivy-e processors . But if I am looking to save some cash I will probably downgrade the CPU to a i7-3820 ( still same mobo )
April 16, 2013 7:14:57 AM

dsgreek said:
RobCrezz said:
If its just for gaming, I would change the CPU for a 3770k and get the GTX Titan. Easily the best GPU out there at the moment, by a long way. It competes with dual GPU cards.

Also think about changing the SSD for a 250Gb version, so you can fit more games on there and enjoy the fast loading times.


If I were to change the CPU To a 3770K I would have to change to a z77 mobo where I would lose some of the benefits of a x79 platform . Where I might be able to use the rumored ivy-e processors . But if I am looking to save some cash I will probably downgrade the CPU to a i7-3820 ( still same mobo )


Thats true, but you save a lot of money and the 3770k can safely be overclocked to give brilliant performance for games. I doubt you would be left wanting more, there is no game currently that the 3770k cannot run flawlessly.
April 16, 2013 7:20:18 AM

I concur with RobCrezz that the CPU you selected is overkill for any gaming. However, I did not mention it before for two reasons.

1) You didn't ask :) 

2) You mentioned heavy video editing which may benefit from a faster CPU.

Either way, downgrading the CPU slightly very likely won't hurt you very much.
April 16, 2013 7:28:54 AM

bluejayek said:
I concur with RobCrezz that the CPU you selected is overkill for any gaming. However, I did not mention it before for two reasons.

1) You didn't ask :) 

2) You mentioned heavy video editing which may benefit from a faster CPU.

Either way, downgrading the CPU slightly very likely won't hurt you very much.


Indeed.

Dont get me wrong, money no object I would have the 3930k, but for gaming 2x GTX Titans would be amazing!
April 16, 2013 7:31:22 AM

lol your build is the nearly the same spec as the one i'm currently building ,cpu,cpu cooler and ssd my motherboard i went with gigabyte g1.assassin2 purely for the theme of my pc needs :lol:  (green) for the psu i went OCZ 1000W ZX Series PSU 80+ Gold Rated Ultra Quiet Double Ball Bearing Fan and for hhd i'm just throwing in a few 1 tbs wd cavair blacks most likely and putting them in raid 10 but that a side, what i originally came for

every benchmark I have seen shows the 690 scales better than the titan even at higher resolutions can people please back up there statements?
April 16, 2013 7:31:51 AM

Hmmm I'm going to trust the guys who know what they're talking about . Ill downgrade to a 3770K maybe 16gb of ram . I guess I might not need to do so much video editing .
Or even Better . I could downgrade to a 3820 ?
Opinions ?
If like to get the 3820 if anything because it has hyper threading and it's also cheaper than the 3770K
But as for running games do I get the same performance ?
April 16, 2013 7:35:01 AM

ciaranmc2011 said:
lol your build is the nearly the same spec as the one i'm currently building ,cpu,cpu cooler and ssd my motherboard i went with gigabyte g1.assassin2 purely for the theme of my pc needs :lol:  (green) for the psu i went OCZ 1000W ZX Series PSU 80+ Gold Rated Ultra Quiet Double Ball Bearing Fan and for hhd i'm just throwing in a few 1 tbs wd cavair blacks most likely and putting them in raid 10 but that a side, what i originally came for

every benchmark I have seen shows the 690 scales better than the titan even at higher resolutions can people please back up there statements?


The 690 is dual GPU, the Titan is single GPU.

dsgreek said:
Hmmm I'm going to trust the guys who know what they're talking about . Ill downgrade to a 3770K maybe 16gb of ram . I guess I might not need to do so much video editing .
Or even Better . I could downgrade to a 3820 ?
Opinions ?
If like to get the 3820 if anything because it has hyper threading and it's also cheaper than the 3770K
But as for running games do I get the same performance ?


I would get the 3770k and overclock it, its worth it just for the extra performance you get by overclocking.
April 16, 2013 7:35:30 AM

Backing up my research , on pc case gear . The Titan and the gtx 690 are almost exactly the same .
Titan has more memory but the 690 is a dual core .
But I'm tossing between the two at the moment
April 16, 2013 7:38:07 AM

RobCrezz said:
ciaranmc2011 said:
lol your build is the nearly the same spec as the one i'm currently building ,cpu,cpu cooler and ssd my motherboard i went with gigabyte g1.assassin2 purely for the theme of my pc needs :lol:  (green) for the psu i went OCZ 1000W ZX Series PSU 80+ Gold Rated Ultra Quiet Double Ball Bearing Fan and for hhd i'm just throwing in a few 1 tbs wd cavair blacks most likely and putting them in raid 10 but that a side, what i originally came for

every benchmark I have seen shows the 690 scales better than the titan even at higher resolutions can people please back up there statements?


The 690 is dual GPU, the Titan is single GPU.

dsgreek said:
Hmmm I'm going to trust the guys who know what they're talking about . Ill downgrade to a 3770K maybe 16gb of ram . I guess I might not need to do so much video editing .
Or even Better . I could downgrade to a 3820 ?
Opinions ?
If like to get the 3820 if anything because it has hyper threading and it's also cheaper than the 3770K
But as for running games do I get the same performance ?


I would get the 3770k and overclock it, its worth it just for the extra performance you get by overclocking.


That's true . But should I go for Titan or 690
Remember it's only a single monitor setup. Id love to have the Titan becaus of more memory but the 690 Is getting a bit better fps's according to charts and forums.
Hmmm it's hard choice. Opinions on which ?
April 16, 2013 7:38:10 AM

dsgreek said:
Hmmm I'm going to trust the guys who know what they're talking about . Ill downgrade to a 3770K maybe 16gb of ram . I guess I might not need to do so much video editing .
Or even Better . I could downgrade to a 3820 ?
Opinions ?
If like to get the 3820 if anything because it has hyper threading and it's also cheaper than the 3770K
But as for running games do I get the same performance ?


Look man even tho in gaming between the 3930k and 3770k you really wont see any real performance go with the setup you want you will never be happy with what other people suggest you will get what you want (even tho they are trying to help and save you some money) or you will regret it it is something i have learned and live by. personal preference mate either way you will have a beast rig :) 
April 16, 2013 7:39:48 AM

dsgreek said:
RobCrezz said:
ciaranmc2011 said:
lol your build is the nearly the same spec as the one i'm currently building ,cpu,cpu cooler and ssd my motherboard i went with gigabyte g1.assassin2 purely for the theme of my pc needs :lol:  (green) for the psu i went OCZ 1000W ZX Series PSU 80+ Gold Rated Ultra Quiet Double Ball Bearing Fan and for hhd i'm just throwing in a few 1 tbs wd cavair blacks most likely and putting them in raid 10 but that a side, what i originally came for

every benchmark I have seen shows the 690 scales better than the titan even at higher resolutions can people please back up there statements?


The 690 is dual GPU, the Titan is single GPU.

dsgreek said:
Hmmm I'm going to trust the guys who know what they're talking about . Ill downgrade to a 3770K maybe 16gb of ram . I guess I might not need to do so much video editing .
Or even Better . I could downgrade to a 3820 ?
Opinions ?
If like to get the 3820 if anything because it has hyper threading and it's also cheaper than the 3770K
But as for running games do I get the same performance ?


I would get the 3770k and overclock it, its worth it just for the extra performance you get by overclocking.


That's true . But should I go for Titan or 690
Remember it's only a single monitor setup. Id love to have the Titan becaus of more memory but the 690 Is getting a bit better fps's according to charts and forums.
Hmmm it's hard choice. Opinions on which ?


I would go Titan every time. For similar performance a single GPU setup will always be nicer.

Although its less of a problem these days, SLI/XFire isnt perfect (which includes dual GPU cards).
April 16, 2013 7:40:28 AM

RobCrezz said:
ciaranmc2011 said:
lol your build is the nearly the same spec as the one i'm currently building ,cpu,cpu cooler and ssd my motherboard i went with gigabyte g1.assassin2 purely for the theme of my pc needs :lol:  (green) for the psu i went OCZ 1000W ZX Series PSU 80+ Gold Rated Ultra Quiet Double Ball Bearing Fan and for hhd i'm just throwing in a few 1 tbs wd cavair blacks most likely and putting them in raid 10 but that a side, what i originally came for

every benchmark I have seen shows the 690 scales better than the titan even at higher resolutions can people please back up there statements?


The 690 is dual GPU, the Titan is single GPU.

dsgreek said:
Hmmm I'm going to trust the guys who know what they're talking about . Ill downgrade to a 3770K maybe 16gb of ram . I guess I might not need to do so much video editing .
Or even Better . I could downgrade to a 3820 ?
Opinions ?
If like to get the 3820 if anything because it has hyper threading and it's also cheaper than the 3770K
But as for running games do I get the same performance ?


I would get the 3770k and overclock it, its worth it just for the extra performance you get by overclocking.


Yes but i don't recall him whats the best single gpu he asked whats the best and if it were down to me i'd just xfire 7970s
April 16, 2013 7:40:30 AM

ciaranmc2011 said:
dsgreek said:
Hmmm I'm going to trust the guys who know what they're talking about . Ill downgrade to a 3770K maybe 16gb of ram . I guess I might not need to do so much video editing .
Or even Better . I could downgrade to a 3820 ?
Opinions ?
If like to get the 3820 if anything because it has hyper threading and it's also cheaper than the 3770K
But as for running games do I get the same performance ?


Look man even tho in gaming between the 3930k and 3770k you really wont see any real performance go with the setup you want you will never be happy with what other people suggest you will get what you want (even tho they are trying to help and save you some money) or you will regret it it is something i have learned and live by. personal preference mate either way you will have a beast rig :) 


Very true.
I've decided on a i7-3820 and the GPU I need a bit more speculation on it
Everything else I now know :) 
Ps : the i7-3820 is cheaper than the 3770K
Plus it runs on the x79 mobo so I don't have to change it . Pretty good mobo apparently :) 

April 16, 2013 7:40:56 AM

ciaranmc2011 said:
dsgreek said:
Hmmm I'm going to trust the guys who know what they're talking about . Ill downgrade to a 3770K maybe 16gb of ram . I guess I might not need to do so much video editing .
Or even Better . I could downgrade to a 3820 ?
Opinions ?
If like to get the 3820 if anything because it has hyper threading and it's also cheaper than the 3770K
But as for running games do I get the same performance ?


Look man even tho in gaming between the 3930k and 3770k you really wont see any real performance go with the setup you want you will never be happy with what other people suggest you will get what you want (even tho they are trying to help and save you some money) or you will regret it it is something i have learned and live by. personal preference mate either way you will have a beast rig :) 



+1

Its only opinions from us. You wont be disappointed with the 3930k if you decide to get it.
April 16, 2013 7:42:45 AM

ciaranmc2011 said:
RobCrezz said:
ciaranmc2011 said:
lol your build is the nearly the same spec as the one i'm currently building ,cpu,cpu cooler and ssd my motherboard i went with gigabyte g1.assassin2 purely for the theme of my pc needs :lol:  (green) for the psu i went OCZ 1000W ZX Series PSU 80+ Gold Rated Ultra Quiet Double Ball Bearing Fan and for hhd i'm just throwing in a few 1 tbs wd cavair blacks most likely and putting them in raid 10 but that a side, what i originally came for

every benchmark I have seen shows the 690 scales better than the titan even at higher resolutions can people please back up there statements?


The 690 is dual GPU, the Titan is single GPU.

dsgreek said:
Hmmm I'm going to trust the guys who know what they're talking about . Ill downgrade to a 3770K maybe 16gb of ram . I guess I might not need to do so much video editing .
Or even Better . I could downgrade to a 3820 ?
Opinions ?
If like to get the 3820 if anything because it has hyper threading and it's also cheaper than the 3770K
But as for running games do I get the same performance ?


I would get the 3770k and overclock it, its worth it just for the extra performance you get by overclocking.


Yes but i don't recall him whats the best single gpu he asked whats the best and if it were down to me i'd just xfire 7970s


I was looking into that but 1. Will my case fit them
2. It's cheaper but is it the bests solution ?
3. Would I need cooling for the GPU ?
April 16, 2013 7:46:03 AM

2x 7970's in XFire are cheaper it's true .
Hmmm
It's cheaper by about 300 dollars.
And with that I can upgrade to the 3930K
I don't know ?
Is crossfire reliable ?
Does anyone have a setup like this ? Or at least the mobo and the case . Will it fit 2 7970's ?
April 16, 2013 7:50:09 AM

dsgreek said:
ciaranmc2011 said:
RobCrezz said:
ciaranmc2011 said:
lol your build is the nearly the same spec as the one i'm currently building ,cpu,cpu cooler and ssd my motherboard i went with gigabyte g1.assassin2 purely for the theme of my pc needs :lol:  (green) for the psu i went OCZ 1000W ZX Series PSU 80+ Gold Rated Ultra Quiet Double Ball Bearing Fan and for hhd i'm just throwing in a few 1 tbs wd cavair blacks most likely and putting them in raid 10 but that a side, what i originally came for

every benchmark I have seen shows the 690 scales better than the titan even at higher resolutions can people please back up there statements?


The 690 is dual GPU, the Titan is single GPU.

dsgreek said:
Hmmm I'm going to trust the guys who know what they're talking about . Ill downgrade to a 3770K maybe 16gb of ram . I guess I might not need to do so much video editing .
Or even Better . I could downgrade to a 3820 ?
Opinions ?
If like to get the 3820 if anything because it has hyper threading and it's also cheaper than the 3770K
But as for running games do I get the same performance ?


I would get the 3770k and overclock it, its worth it just for the extra performance you get by overclocking.


Yes but i don't recall him whats the best single gpu he asked whats the best and if it were down to me i'd just xfire 7970s


I was looking into that but 1. Will my case fit them
2. It's cheaper but is it the bests solution ?
3. Would I need cooling for the GPU ?


1.800d would fit anything man
2. from every benchmark iv'e seen plus 3gb of memory so you could still play at higher resolutions
3. temps are a case sensitive matter mate they do run a tad bit hot but shop around many 3rd party manufacturers make models with excellent cooling
April 16, 2013 7:52:59 AM

ciaranmc2011 said:
RobCrezz said:
ciaranmc2011 said:
lol your build is the nearly the same spec as the one i'm currently building ,cpu,cpu cooler and ssd my motherboard i went with gigabyte g1.assassin2 purely for the theme of my pc needs :lol:  (green) for the psu i went OCZ 1000W ZX Series PSU 80+ Gold Rated Ultra Quiet Double Ball Bearing Fan and for hhd i'm just throwing in a few 1 tbs wd cavair blacks most likely and putting them in raid 10 but that a side, what i originally came for

every benchmark I have seen shows the 690 scales better than the titan even at higher resolutions can people please back up there statements?


The 690 is dual GPU, the Titan is single GPU.

dsgreek said:
Hmmm I'm going to trust the guys who know what they're talking about . Ill downgrade to a 3770K maybe 16gb of ram . I guess I might not need to do so much video editing .
Or even Better . I could downgrade to a 3820 ?
Opinions ?
If like to get the 3820 if anything because it has hyper threading and it's also cheaper than the 3770K
But as for running games do I get the same performance ?


I would get the 3770k and overclock it, its worth it just for the extra performance you get by overclocking.


Yes but i don't recall him whats the best single gpu he asked whats the best and if it were down to me i'd just xfire 7970s


Well its simply the best GPU at the moment. Obviously its very expensive, and similar performance can be had by dual gpus.
April 16, 2013 8:00:21 AM

dsgreek said:
2x 7970's in XFire are cheaper it's true .
Hmmm
It's cheaper by about 300 dollars.
And with that I can upgrade to the 3930K
I don't know ?
Is crossfire reliable ?
Does anyone have a setup like this ? Or at least the mobo and the case . Will it fit 2 7970's ?


Crossfire suffers from microsuttering quite badly, worse than SLI. Worth bearing in mind.
April 16, 2013 8:10:23 AM

Considering I might choose the Titan . Because its a single GPU and I won't have to worry about the 690 Problem ( essentially 2 cards in sli ) e.g suffering from micro stutter.
Plus if the Titan drops in price between no and say October ( planning to buy components ) then I might be able to get 2 of them and hook them up in SLI
Or if the 690 drops in prices i might be able to get 2 of those.
Just depends
But for now . My heart is set on Titan.
Single GPU 6GB VRAM and newest ( a few frames difference from a 690 ) .
Correction !
I'm probably going to opt for the. 690 as I'm seeing higher frame rates in most games.
Hopefully their price will drop down soon and ill be able to get 2 690s and out them In sli
If not then I will get one and then later on buy a second.
April 16, 2013 8:49:13 AM

I think I might've found some peace of mind with a great sli setup for the price of a Titan/690
2 way sli 4gb gtx 680's !
Opinions ?
April 16, 2013 8:51:52 AM

dsgreek said:
Considering I might choose the Titan . Because its a single GPU and I won't have to worry about the 690 Problem ( essentially 2 cards in sli ) e.g suffering from micro stutter.
Plus if the Titan drops in price between no and say October ( planning to buy components ) then I might be able to get 2 of them and hook them up in SLI
Or if the 690 drops in prices i might be able to get 2 of those.
Just depends
But for now . My heart is set on Titan.
Single GPU 6GB VRAM and newest ( a few frames difference from a 690 ) .
Correction !
I'm probably going to opt for the. 690 as I'm seeing higher frame rates in most games.
Hopefully their price will drop down soon and ill be able to get 2 690s and out them In sli
If not then I will get one and then later on buy a second.


good stuff mate, well what ever you go for good luck.
April 16, 2013 8:58:41 AM

dsgreek said:
I think I might've found some peace of mind with a great sli setup for the price of a Titan/690
2 way sli 4gb gtx 680's !
Opinions ?


Sli 680 is pretty much the same as a 690.

April 18, 2013 12:52:25 AM

Ok . I've figured I'd rather not do a sli setup so I'm going to go with the Titan .
And a REALLLY nice monitor.
Thanks for the help guys .
April 20, 2013 11:38:38 AM

dsgreek said:
Ok . I've figured I'd rather not do a sli setup so I'm going to go with the Titan .
And a REALLLY nice monitor.
Thanks for the help guys .


I just want to say. You can get Dual GTX 680 4GB Overclocked editions for just about the same Price as a 2GB Titan. You'll be getting more than double the perfomance and 4 times as much VRAM. It's much more worthwhile. Plus since the workload will be distributed and you'll have more fans, it'll be MUCH cooler.

Galaxy GTX 680 4GB GC x2
April 20, 2013 1:04:52 PM

GOM3RPLY3R said:

I just want to say. You can get Dual GTX 680 4GB Overclocked editions for just about the same Price as a 2GB Titan. You'll be getting more than double the perfomance and 4 times as much VRAM. It's much more worthwhile. Plus since the workload will be distributed and you'll have more fans, it'll be MUCH cooler.

Galaxy GTX 680 4GB GC x2


That deos not equal 4x the VRAM. VRAM doesn't add up in SLI, as both cards need to hold the information to render the entire scene. As far as i can make out, it is debatable whether 4GB vs. 2GB of vram is even useful at this point.

If he wants overclocked cards, he can manually overclock his titan anyways to get better performance.

As per temperature... His case will certainly be hotter with two cards rather than one, and he may need more ventilation in the case. It will also draw more power, and require a large PSU, and cost more for power.

Finally, he said he didn't want to SLI :) 
April 20, 2013 1:44:13 PM

bluejayek said:
GOM3RPLY3R said:

I just want to say. You can get Dual GTX 680 4GB Overclocked editions for just about the same Price as a 2GB Titan. You'll be getting more than double the perfomance and 4 times as much VRAM. It's much more worthwhile. Plus since the workload will be distributed and you'll have more fans, it'll be MUCH cooler.

Galaxy GTX 680 4GB GC x2


That deos not equal 4x the VRAM. VRAM doesn't add up in SLI, as both cards need to hold the information to render the entire scene. As far as i can make out, it is debatable whether 4GB vs. 2GB of vram is even useful at this point.

If he wants overclocked cards, he can manually overclock his titan anyways to get better performance.

As per temperature... His case will certainly be hotter with two cards rather than one, and he may need more ventilation in the case. It will also draw more power, and require a large PSU, and cost more for power.

Finally, he said he didn't want to SLI :) 


Just putting the better answer out there...
April 20, 2013 3:36:41 PM

GOM3RPLY3R said:
dsgreek said:
Ok . I've figured I'd rather not do a sli setup so I'm going to go with the Titan .
And a REALLLY nice monitor.
Thanks for the help guys .


I just want to say. You can get Dual GTX 680 4GB Overclocked editions for just about the same Price as a 2GB Titan. You'll be getting more than double the perfomance and 4 times as much VRAM. It's much more worthwhile. Plus since the workload will be distributed and you'll have more fans, it'll be MUCH cooler.

Galaxy GTX 680 4GB GC x2


Dude . I don't think there is a. 2GB Titan
Plus SLI produces more heat anyways
1 card is easier


April 20, 2013 7:11:50 PM

dsgreek said:
GOM3RPLY3R said:
dsgreek said:
Ok . I've figured I'd rather not do a sli setup so I'm going to go with the Titan .
And a REALLLY nice monitor.
Thanks for the help guys .


I just want to say. You can get Dual GTX 680 4GB Overclocked editions for just about the same Price as a 2GB Titan. You'll be getting more than double the perfomance and 4 times as much VRAM. It's much more worthwhile. Plus since the workload will be distributed and you'll have more fans, it'll be MUCH cooler.

Galaxy GTX 680 4GB GC x2


Dude . I don't think there is a. 2GB Titan
Plus SLI produces more heat anyways
1 card is easier




SLI does not produce more heat. It actually does quite the opposite. I ran my GTX 680 with only one card in and it played at about 70ºC, then with the dual in and overclocked, it ran no more than 50ºC.
April 20, 2013 7:18:52 PM

Get a single Titan, it will do anything up to 2560-1600 resolution. GTX 690 even though slightly faster but the card is subject to many multi GPU issues and performance penalty. Less of a headache if you just use 1 powerful GPU instead of 2 weaker one.
April 20, 2013 7:19:37 PM

They only make 6 gig titans as far as i'm aware. And I agree with getting a titan. I run one with 3 x 24 inch 3d monitors and can run anything I want currently at high settings. Only one I have to turn down is aa in crysis 3 to about medium otherwise it taxes too much. And the fan on the titan is a very nice setup as it exhausts the air out of the case so as long as you keep good airflow inside you could run a couple of the cards without building up too much heat.
April 20, 2013 8:11:16 PM

Airm3n said:
They only make 6 gig titans as far as i'm aware. And I agree with getting a titan. I run one with 3 x 24 inch 3d monitors and can run anything I want currently at high settings. Only one I have to turn down is aa in crysis 3 to about medium otherwise it taxes too much. And the fan on the titan is a very nice setup as it exhausts the air out of the case so as long as you keep good airflow inside you could run a couple of the cards without building up too much heat.


And thats where the my GTX 680 setup succeeds. It can run Crysis 3 on the absolute max settings at about 90 frames on one screen and about 45 across 3 screens. :p  And while staying below 60ºC*

*This is the only game where it goes above 50ºC*
April 20, 2013 8:18:15 PM

GOM3RPLY3R said:
Airm3n said:
They only make 6 gig titans as far as i'm aware. And I agree with getting a titan. I run one with 3 x 24 inch 3d monitors and can run anything I want currently at high settings. Only one I have to turn down is aa in crysis 3 to about medium otherwise it taxes too much. And the fan on the titan is a very nice setup as it exhausts the air out of the case so as long as you keep good airflow inside you could run a couple of the cards without building up too much heat.


And thats where the my GTX 680 setup succeeds. It can run Crysis 3 on the absolute max settings at about 90 frames on one screen and about 45 across 3 screens. :p  And while staying below 60ºC*

*This is the only game where it goes above 50ºC*


What is the "max settings" are you referring to? 8x MSAA? 16x AF? All settings very high? and at what resolution? Not that I doubt you, but a single Titan can only run 40ish fps at max settings at 1080p, I somehow doubt that 2 GTX 680 can double that.
April 20, 2013 9:05:10 PM

I would lean towards the gtx 680's running with aa turned aways down if not off. If it was 2 gig cards I doubt it would run more than low (2x) especially on a surround setup. 4 gig cards might handle upwards of medium i'd say. Even at 6 gigs on the titan in surround it taxes too much to run at high.
April 20, 2013 11:34:30 PM

if your running higher than 1080p, you should get a card with more than 2gb vram. keep in mind with dual card configs you don't add the ram together, each card keeps its own copy of data in its ram. same with the 690, advertised as a 4gb card but only has 2gb useable as its a dual gpu card.
April 28, 2013 1:18:32 PM

jacknhut said:
GOM3RPLY3R said:
Airm3n said:
They only make 6 gig titans as far as i'm aware. And I agree with getting a titan. I run one with 3 x 24 inch 3d monitors and can run anything I want currently at high settings. Only one I have to turn down is aa in crysis 3 to about medium otherwise it taxes too much. And the fan on the titan is a very nice setup as it exhausts the air out of the case so as long as you keep good airflow inside you could run a couple of the cards without building up too much heat.


And thats where the my GTX 680 setup succeeds. It can run Crysis 3 on the absolute max settings at about 90 frames on one screen and about 45 across 3 screens. :p  And while staying below 60ºC*

*This is the only game where it goes above 50ºC*


What is the "max settings" are you referring to? 8x MSAA? 16x AF? All settings very high? and at what resolution? Not that I doubt you, but a single Titan can only run 40ish fps at max settings at 1080p, I somehow doubt that 2 GTX 680 can double that.


I ran all that across three screens on 1600 both with 8x MSAA and 16x AF and they never went below 45 Frames. On one screen: It actually shoots up to about 130 sometimes and now, since I OCed it a little bit, it runs 105 average.
April 29, 2013 12:46:22 AM

OK guys thanks for all you help
Basically I've lowered the budget :\
And I've opted for a EVGA GTX 670 Superclocked 4GB
Which delivers basically the same performance as a reference 680
And in doing that I've also downgraded some things
Total cost is 1915 AUD :D 
I'm now goona put any extra savings into my peripherals
I really want this 29 inch monitor 2560 x 1400 IPS :D 
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